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The 47 Ronin (1941)

Genroku Chûshingura (original title)
In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »

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Chôjûrô Kawarasaki ...
Kuranosuke Ooishi
Kan'emon Nakamura ...
Sukeimon Tomimori
Kunitarô Kawarazaki ...
Jurôzaemon Isogai
Yoshizaburo Arashi ...
Lord Takuminokami Asano
Chôemon Bandô ...
Sôzaemon Hara
Sukezô Sukedakaya ...
Chûemon Yoshida
Kikunojo Segawa ...
Gengo Ootaka
Shotaro Ichikawa ...
Yahei Horibe
Enji Ichikawa ...
Tadashichi Takebayashi
Kikunosuke Ichikawa ...
Gengoemon Kataoka
Shinzô Yamazaki ...
Seimon Ooishi
Sensho Ichikawa ...
Matsunosuke Ooishi
Shoji Ichikawa ...
Magoemon Seo
Iwagoro Ichikawa ...
Fujiemon Hayamizu
Shinzaburo Ichikawa ...
Matanosuke Ushioda
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives the palace and lands from his clan, but does not punish Lod Kira. Lord Asano's vassals leave the land and his samurais become ronin and want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. But their leader Kuranosuke Oishi asks the Shogun to restore the Asano clan with his brother Daigaku Asano. One year later, the Shogun refuses his request and Oishi and forty-six ronin revenge their Lord. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Based on a true story, a version of which can be read in Jorge Luis Borges's short story collection, 'A Universal History of Infamy', under the title 'The Uncivil Teacher of Etiquette, Kotsuke no Suke'. See more »

Goofs

From ~1:40 to ~1:44 an appropriate dialog sequence occurs starting with three men walking a path with one saying "Counselor, the decision has come" and ending with "we need have no fear." That same sequence is duplicated at ~2:22 to ~2:26 with the additional dialog at the end "I want you two to return to Edo at once and inform our brothers there that I will be arriving shortly." This duplicate is out of sequence with the story. See more »

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Remake of Chûshingura - Zempen: Akahokyô no maki (1932) See more »

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Slow-Paced Immersion in an Ancient and Different Culture
17 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano (Yoshizaburo Arashi) has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives the palace and lands from his clan, but does not punish Lod Kira. Lord Asano's vassals leave the land and his samurais become ronin and want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. But their leader Kuranosuke Oishi (Chôjûrô Kawarasaki) asks the Shogun to restore the Asano clan with his brother Daigaku Asano. One year later, the Shogun refuses his request and Oishi and forty-six ronin revenge their Lord.

"Genroku Chûshingura" is a Japanese classic movie based on a true story. Kenji Mizoguchi made a too long movie with four hours running time that is actually a slow-paced immersion in an ancient and different culture and code of honor. Unfortunately this beautiful movie is only for very specific Western audiences since it is in Japanese language, shows a different culture, most of the characters are alike (clothing, haircut, biotype) and unusual names that you need to keep in mind. But the movie is worthwhile watching and delights fans of this genre. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Vingança dos 47 Ronins" ("The Revenge of the 47 Ronin")


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